When we moved into our house, I tried to make our home as toddler friendly as possible. Sonny was 1 year and 3 months old when we moved into our home and very mobile. It was important that he had access to his self-care items. This list included not only toys, but books, clothing, shoes, socks and diapers.
WHY IS SELF-CARE IMPORTANT FOR MY YOUNG CHILD?
The answer to this question is simple.
Our children are extremely capable beings. The more they experience. the more they can learn. The Montessori philosophy is…
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori
By giving my child items, tools and tasks that he can accomplish with little assistance, I am preparing him to be a productive young person.
I of course did not expect my 1 year old to be able to dress himself every morning without assistance. But I could ask him to bring me his socks or a book to read before his nap. Giving him access to self-care items has given him the experience and confidence he needs to now get himself dressed at 2 years, 9 months.
So what items are used daily?
Shoes – he is able to chose what shoes he would like to wear.
Shirts – right now he is refusing to wear shirts with buttons (lol).
Pants – the pants are in the middle basket on the shelf.
Socks – in a basket on the floor
Personal Hygiene – top basket on shelf, has lotion, Pullups, and his Shea Butter (for Eczema).
Basket for Dirty Clothes – on laundry day (hahaha, we don’t really have one of those) he brings the basket to the basement door so I can take it to the washer machine.
Pajamas – in the bottom open basket on shelf.
*He doesn’t change his own Pullup, but he can get a new one and bring it to me when he has an accident.
THIS CAN WORK FOR YOUR KID!!!!!
At first Sonny pulled down every stitch of clothing he owned. He opened up the Shea Butter and rubbed it all over his little body until he was shining like the Sun. He dumped out the socks more times than I can count. But eventually the “newness” wore off and he ignored the self-care items except for when he needed them. Just give it time, and remember when your kids makes a mess, part of self-care is learning to clean up after yourself. Don’t pick up that mess for him, show him how to clean it himself. Trust me, it will pay off in the long run!